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"Yo desayuno"

I came upon this translation in a lesson and typed in "Yo como desayuno" I now realize that 'desayuno' is also a verb and if como is to be used, the translation must be 'yo como el desayuno', the 'el' clarifying the fact that 'desayuno' is to be seen as a noun meaning 'breakfast'. Another correct translation would be 'Yo desayuno' with 'desayuno' acting as a verb meaning 'I eat breakfast'.

1 year ago

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Is 'desayuno' the only word that can be a verb or a noun or are there others?

1 year ago

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there are many others. The basic form of the verb is "desayunar" - "yo desayuno" is the conjugation (yo/I) of the verb. short examples: yo recuerdo (verb recordar) - el recuerdo (noun) ella cena (verb cenar) - la cena (noun)

1 year ago

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"Almorzar" is the verb "to lunch".

1 year ago

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Also "ceno" is a verb that comes from "cena" (dinner). So "Yo ceno" would mean "I eat dinner"

1 year ago

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So cenar is the infinitive form of the verb 'to eat for dinner'?

1 year ago

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yep

1 year ago

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Or, as BelgianStr points out, "I dine."

1 year ago

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Lunch and dinner work the same way. They say almorzar( to have lunch) and cenar (to dine). Also, almuerzo is lunch and cena is dinner.

1 year ago

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One can also "breakfast" and "lunch" in English. (Generally, one would say something like "I breakfasted on eggs," rather than using the verb in isolation.) Those expressions are a bit archaic, but not outrageously so.

1 year ago

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Thanks, everyone

1 year ago

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Spanish is a lot like English in the sense that there are many nouns that can double as verbs. With desayuno it can mean a breakfast itself or the act of having breakfast. A lot like how in English party can mean a party itself or the act of partying.

1 year ago

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I eat breakfast

1 year ago

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Trabajo?

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